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Commercial Fishing Lifestyle

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There is no need to convince the thousands of Alaskans and avid outdoor men and women, who get excited by reeling in a 30-pound King Salmon or seeing a beautiful Coho rise to a brightly colored lure, why they need to start making plans to head outside.
But for some reason, after the long winter off I need a little convincing. As the 2012 salmon season approaches, I try to remember all the reason why I love to fish, because surely it’s not the sleepless nights, the isolation and all the aches and pains it causes.

As I try to remember, I’ve compiled a list of 10 good reasons that might just offer you an excuse to call in sick for the summer and go commercial fishing.

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1- Freedom: Ask most Commercial Fishermen why they enjoy spending time on the water and you’re likely to hear the word “freedom.” Spending a summer fishing for salmon helps to release us from our highly stressful, everyday environment. Nothing brings on the sense of being alive and aware to help rebuild our personal reserves like a day spent interacting with nature. You are aware of each minute, what is happening right now, and what is ahead. Your free in that you’ve just done something all day long and then you’re done…When you wake up you’re on the water and in one of the most beautiful places on earth.

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2- Not Ruled by the Clock: Having a bad day of fishing still beats a day in the office or tending to house chores. When fishing for salmon, your day is ruled by the tide. Watching the kelp with the tide is pretty neat. You’re not on a clock, your run by the wind, waves, and the tide. In this way you develop confidence in yourself and in your ability to handle unexpected situations.

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3- The Thrill: Fishing has a way of fulfilling an age-old need of pursuing and catching. The thrill lies in the challenges, such as finding where the fish are and keeping your boat afloat. But there are many who will be quick to profess that it’s not the catching of fish that’s important, but the immeasurable life lessons that you will experience along the way. This gives me joy because my entire spirit is elevated and this makes me happy.

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4- Health Benefits: More than fifty percent of Americans are overweight. Being outside and being active helps to make you feel better and encourages a healthier way of life. Driving to your local grocery store and fast food restaurant might be convenient, but fishing can also help you burn those unwanted calories, increase the quality of your lifestyle, and add years to your life.

5- Physical and Mental Strength: Mental strength sometimes can be more important than physical strength. The summers give you the opportunity to sharpen both. But no doubt, fishing is exercise. Every muscle works on a boat. Even when you are just sitting at anchor your body is working as the boat rocks and rolls, you’re getting lots of fresh air and plenty of sunshine. Fishing really comes down to mental toughness and being physically strong to make it to the end.

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6- Fishing for Food: Wild fish are low in fat and cholesterol and high in protein. In fact, the American Heart Association recommends a regular diet of fish. Besides it’s a lot more challenging to catch that plate of fresh fish than to stroll endlessly down a supermarket aisle. We dine on fresh fish seven days a week loving every minute of it. Eating this much fresh fish is the perfect opportunity to lighten up my diet and loose a few extra pounds.

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7- Boost to the Economy: The fishing industry is Alaska’s largest private employer and employs over 65,000 people for the summer, seasonal and year round employment. The states fisheries average over $11.2 billion in revenue per year and account for 38% of the dollar value of fish landed in the United States. This gives an economic boost that any state government would be pleased with. I love being a part of this.

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8- Self Fulfillment: Fishing offers you the chance to improve your self-esteem through respect for the environment, mastering outdoor skills and achieving personal goals. There is never a day when I do not learn something new or sharpen a skill such as, tying knots, piloting the boat, chart reading, how to anchor and how to read the wind and the weather.

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9- Empowerment: There is nothing better than coming back to town after the season, knowing you have just pushed yourself to the limits way beyond what most people could only imagine, and you had an experience of a lifetime.

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10-Lifestyle: The industry, the people, the lifestyle. It’s all a part of who I am and I love it. At the end of every season I walk away with a better understanding of who I am and tons of great stories to tell for years to come. After all, fishing in Alaska is an adventure of a lifetime. I love the lifestyle it provides. We fish 15 weeks a year and get to do what we want to for the winter which is traveling, taking pictures and writing cookbooks.

After writing this and reviewing all my pictures, HOW COULD I NOT WANT TO GET BACK ON THE BOAT AND GO FISHING! After all, my bunk does come complete with a feather bed and an electric blanket. ūüôā

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Why is wild caught Alaska salmon so fantastic?

Because Alaska is fish country and salmon is probably the world’s most heart healthy source of protein.¬† Wild caught salmon swim naturally and grow freely in the pristine icy clear waters off Alaska’s rugged coastline.¬† They feed on their natural diet of marine organisms, giving them a superior flavor and texture that is prized by the whole world.¬† Effective state and federal regulations manage fisheries that are productive and sustainable, clean and healthy.¬† Alaska is the only State in the nation whose Constitution explicitly mandates that all fish, including salmon, shall be utilized, developed and maintained on the sustainable yield principle.¬† Alaska’s waters are the cleanest in the world and has strict regulations governing development activities.¬† Clean marine habitats produce pure seafood products.

Wild salmon¬†is rich in long-chain Omega-3 essential fatty acids – the most beneficial kind – which studies show to protect heart health, inhibit inflammation in joints, decrease body fat, stabilizes blood sugar levels, acts as a natural anti-depressent, increases feelings of well being, and…the part I love…keeps the skin young, supple, radiant and wrinkle free.¬†¬†The Omega-3s provide nourishment to hair follicles helping hair grow healthy and the high protein content of salmon helps to maintain strong, healthy hair and nails.¬† More on that¬†at a later date.¬† Salmon is low in calories and is one of the healthiest fish available for consumption.¬† Some of the health benefits are just now being¬†discovered on the leading edge of science and nutrition.¬†¬†¬†¬†

Alaska salmon are free of antibiotics, pesticides, growth hormones and artificial coloring agents.  These salmon are among the purest fish you will find anywhere.

I once heard salmon being referred to as ¬†“Steak of the Sea”¬† because it is one of the heartiest fish you can eat.¬† Wild caught Alaska salmon taste good and is good for you.

Youv’e heard all about those miraculous Omega-3 fatty acids.¬† You’ve read studies which detail how eating it on a regular basis can¬†reduce your levels of bad cholesterol and aid in boosting your immune system.¬† You don’t eat the dreaded farmed raised salmon.¬† So, the question is, have you started eating more Wild salmon?

What if you are a busy mother with two children, no four children who wishes they did eat more salmon, but simply are just too busy?  Here comes canned salmon to the rescue!

Canned salmon is the perfect treat, allows you to serve wild salmon year round¬†and has all the nutrients as salmon fillets and salmon steaks.¬† It’s the perfect solution for a busy household.¬† It’s a no brainer, because it’s easy to prepare, healthy, tasty and good for our environment.¬† Canned salmon is a healthy food choice your whole family will love.

You won’t have a problem adding salmon to your diet, since there are hundreds of ways to enjoy this healthy super-food. Try it¬†grilled, baked, in your pasta, with a salad,¬†in a soup, or¬†simply¬†open a jar or can with a side of blueberries.

What is your go to Wild caught salmon recipe?

Best Fishes!  LaDonna Rose

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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